NEAF - Academy Travel Tour Program

A NEAF tour group on the banks of the Niger River at Segoukoro, Mali. 2007

A NEAF tour group on the banks of the Niger River at Segoukoro, Mali. 2007

Near Eastern Archaeology Tours have been running for over 20 years. In recent years they have been run in conjunction with the Sydney based travel company: Academy Travel.

Destinations over the years have included Jordan, Syria, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mali, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China.

These tours are designed to suit people with a fascination in both archaeology and history and they are suited to the lay-person with a general interest in the subject.

Our tours are fully-escorted by leaders who are experts in their field and they make sure that their personal love of travel and archaeology is passed on to tour participants.


Coming up in 2015

Iran. April-May 2015 with John Tidmarsh

Chehel Sutun

Chehel Sutun, Isfahan

Over 23 days we travel through the marvellous spring-time mountain and desert landscapes of Persia and visit some of the most remarkable monuments in the ancient and Islamic worlds. We explore awe-inspiring Achaemenid palaces and royal tombs, mysterious Sassanian fire temples, enchanting mud-brick cities on the desert fringes, and fabled Persian cities with their enchanting gardens, caravanserais, bazaars, and stunning cobalt-blue mosques. Perhaps more importantly, however, we encounter the unsurpassed friendliness and hospitality of the Iranian people which leave most travellers longing to return.

THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT

Please contact Academy Travel to register your interest in other tours:

Call (02) 9235 0023

or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)

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Essential Iran. May 2015 with John Tidmarsh

Persepolis

View of the Apadana at Persepolis

Due to John's 2015 Iran tour (above) selling out, NEAF and Academy Travel are happy to announce that John will lead a shorter tour in May 2015 that will take participants to the highlights of Iranian historical and cultural sites.

This tour includes:

* The remarkable museums and Qajar palaces of Tehran 
* The ruined palace of Ardashir and vast walled cities of Firuzabad and Bishapur with its stunning rock reliefs 
* The gardens of Shiraz, where Persia's poets are celebrated 
* The ruined palace of Ardashir and vast walled city of Bishapur with its stunning rock reliefs
* The great Achaemenid sites of Persepolis and Pasargadae 
* The desert city of Yazd, with its evocative Zoroastrian Towers of Silence 
* The UNESCO World Heritage city of Isfahan, centre of the 'renaissance' Safavid period 
* The ancient ziggurat of Tepe Sialk and the museum displaying artefacts excavated from the site 
* A 19th century merchant houses detailing fine stucco and painted decoration in nearby Kashan


To view the tour brochure, including a booking form, select here

Please contact Academy Travel to register your interest in this tour:

Call (02) 9235 0023

or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)

Fax: (02) 9235 0123

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Western China. May 2015 with Ben Churcher

Buddhist Monks

Buddhist monks from a mural in Western China

The well-trodden Silk Road within China is rich in historical and cultural highlights. From the might of Imperial China in the east, epitomised by the Terracotta Warriors, past brilliantly decorated Buddhist monasteries such as the Mogao Grottos to the eastern markets at Turpan, Urumqi and Kashgar – this 21-day tour will be both a journey through the changing face of China today, as well as an examination of its deep and awe-inspiring history and culture.

Please contact Academy Travel to register your interest in this tour:

Call (02) 9235 0023

or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)

Fax: (02) 9235 0123

Email :

A booking form (4.6MB) can be downloaded here